Spying on Animals       |     Communing with Nature    |    Traveling the World  |    Playing with Words

These are some of Jennifer’s favorite things to do, and, much to her own surprise, she now does them for a living. The science writer and author of a New York Times bestselling series about animals was a long-time senior staff writer and field reporter for National Geographic magazine; she continues to contribute to Nat Geo’s various publications, including the yellow-border journal, online News, and kids’ magazines.

Jennifer’s byline has also appeared in the magazines of The Nature Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation, Hakai, and NG’s Kids and Explorer magazines, on NPR and the EarthTouch News Network, and in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others. Applying her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, Jennifer scoops up writing assignments related to natural history, conservation/environment, evolutionary biology, and animal behavior, though anything one might call “quirky science” is within her bailiwick. (She also likes some people-oriented subjects–particularly those related to health and medicine. People are animals, too, after all.)


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She calls her brand of fieldwork “cover my eyes and jump” reporting, or “just naive enough.” As a result Jennifer has flown in zero gravity over the Gulf of Mexico, dived with tiger sharks in the Bahamas and ducked below a reef-shark feeding frenzy on the Great Barrier Reef, shimmied up the tallest tree in Costa Rica, gone cobra hunting with a bare-handed Vietnamese farmer, camped on an active volcano in Hawaii, crawled into a bear’s den in northern Minnesota, and sat fireside with bushmen in Papua New Guinea learning to carve spears. Among other adventures.

Jennifer, with her snake-charmer husband and three dogs, divides her time between the D.C. area and a cabin in the woods near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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